By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
It was a tough few days after USC had an ugly showing at the Coliseum last week. The team regrouped and came out fast and jumped on Colorado coming away with a 37-14 win in front of a Folsom Field crowd of 48,197.
After stalling out on their first drive the Trojans (3-2, 2-2 PAC-12) scored on the next four possessions. Kedon Slovis had a hot hand completing 19 of 21 passes for 276 yards and 3 touchdowns.
The scoring got started as Slovis led the team on a 14 play 75- yard drive in which he connected Drake London on a 31 yarder. That set up Parker Lewis for a 30-yard FG his first of three on the day.
Later in the quarter on a he would find London with completions of 29,38 and a one yarder for a touchdown that ended a 64-yard drive.
London had nine catches for 130 yards on the day. He currently leads the nation with receptions (48) and receiving yards (670).
Keontray Ingram led all rushers with 124 yards on 14 carries including a 53-yard run.
“We ran for 200 threw form nearly 300, that’s pretty ideal,” said Slovis. “It was a good day but it still was a lot to build on.”
The defense played tough holding Colorado to 242 yards offense with just 80 coming on the ground. They put the clamps on last years PAC 12 Offensive Player of the Year Jarek Broussard limiting him to 68 yards.
Buffs QB Brendon Lewis completed 10 of 17 passes for 162 yards had one interception and was sacked five times by the defense. One came early in the second when half Trojan defensive tackle Tulu Tuipulotu put a bull rush on and strip sacked Lewis that allowed that allowed Drake Jackson to pick it out of the air. That play help set up Lewis for his third field goal of the day.
Jackson pressured the Buffs QB all day and had two of the teams five sacks, the finished the day with four tackles.
Junior Kanai Mauga led the defense with 8 tackles
7-solo. Ralen Goforth, Isaiah Pola Mao and Chase Williams each had five tackles for Troy.
That was the 15th consecutive win for USC over the Buffs and the fourth straight loss since an opening day win over Northern Colorado 35-7.
TROJAN NOTES: Placekicker Parker Lewis was named PAC-12 special teams Player of The Week. The native from Phoenix (Saguaro High) hit all three of his attempts from 30,44 and 49 yards out. The 6-3 sophomore is also the nation’s top kicker in field goal percentage %1000 gone 9 for 9 in attempts and 16 for 16 in PAT’s. He has had 20 of his 25 kick-offs go for touchbacks.